Pietersite Properties and Meaning
Pietersite Stone | Facts and Photos
Pietersite is a fairly new mineral that was discovered by Sid Pieters in Namibia in 1962. Two years later it was published in the mineral records of Great Britain. This striking stone originates from layers of sand or silt that became cemented together by the mineral quartz. It's a chalcedony that features embedded fibres of other minerals which can result in stones being slightly chatoyant. Chatoyance is an optical phenomenon that can be seen in certain minerals. In tigers eye it occurs in bands whilst in pietersite it tends to be more random or chaotic.
Pietersite is a wonderfully distinctive mineral that's been described as a mix of hawks eye which a blue variety of the mineral tigers eye and the traditional brown and yellow coloured stone but despite having many similarities, pietersite formed under very different geological conditions.
The main source of mining for pietersite is close to the small town of Kuruman in Namibia which is close to the border with South Africa. Tigers eye, manganese and ores of iron are also mined here and the town has the richest deposits of crocidolite in the world. The mineral crocidolite is also known as blue asbestos.
In 1996 it was reported pietersite was becoming scarce as the mines were getting close to being depleted. The stone was also discovered in China in 1966 and went on to be mined during the 1970's and 80's but the mines subsequently closed due to flooding and have not reopened since.
In crystal healing pietersite is said to be beneficial for exhaustion, headaches and absorption of nutrients. It provides creative ideas to help resolve stagnant situations and can also help to resolve conflicts.
Grading 6½ to 7½ on Mohs scale of mineral hardness means this is a relatively hard stone which makes it ideal to use for lapidary purposes. When used for gemstones pietersite is usually shaped as a cabochon.
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